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Member Faculty

If you have clinical or research interests in maternal and child health, and are interested in becoming a faculty member, please email PerinatalDiscovery@health.ucsd.edu for more information.

 

  • Omonigho Aisagbonhi, M.D., Ph.D.

    Omonigho Aisagbonhi, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pathology
    Research Interests:  Gynecologic and perinatal pathology, post-partum preeclampsia
  • Marianna Alperin, M.D., M.S.

    Marianna Alperin, M.D., M.S.

    Associate Professor
    Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    Research Interests: The impact of pregnancy, birth injury, and aging on the structure, function, plasticity , and regenerative potential of the female pelvic soft tissues
    https://alperinlab.org/ 
  • Sarah Averbach, M.D.

    Sarah Averbach, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Division of Family Planning
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    Research Interests: Postpartum contraception
  • Jerasimos Ballas, M.D.

    Jerasimos Ballas, M.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
    Research Interests: Placenta accreta spectrum, treatment of substance use disorders in pregnancy
  • Jack Bui, M.D., Ph.D.

    Jack Bui, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    Director of Clinical Flow Cytometry, Diagnostic Immunology, and Stem Cell Processing Labs
    Department of Pathology
    Research Interests: Innate immunity in cancer, infection, and pregnancy
  • Shaochen Chen, Ph.D.

    Shaochen Chen, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Nanoengineering
    Research Interests: 3D bioprinting and placenta-on-a-chip
  • Karen L. Christman, Ph.D.

    Karen L. Christman, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Bioengineering
    Associate Dean for Faculty, Jacobs School of Engineering
    Research Interests: Biomaterials for women's health
  • Heidi Cook-Andersen, M.D., Ph.D.

    Heidi Cook-Andersen, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Biological Sciences
    Research Interests: Oocyte and embryo development and reprogramming 
  • Barbara Durrant, Ph.D.

    Barbara Durrant, Ph.D.

    Henshaw Chair, Director of Reproductive Sciences
    San Diego Zoo Global
    Research Interests: Assisted reproductive technology including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, reproductive cycle manipulation; Gamete collection, evaluation, and cryopreservation; In vitro embryo production; Estrous cycle and pregnancy monitoring through hormone analysis, ultrasound, infrared thermal imaging
  • Kathleen Fisch, Ph.D.

    Kathleen Fisch, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences 
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms underlying pregnancy disorders and exposures, translational genomics and computational biology

  • Stephanie I. Fraley, Ph.D.

    Stephanie I. Fraley, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Bioengineering
    Research Interests: Technology development for diagnostics, screening, and surveillance of perinatal infectious diseases
  • Pascal Gagneux, Ph.D.

    Pascal Gagneux, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Pathology
    Research Interests: Glycoproteins and glycolipids in mammalian and sexual reproduction
  • Alon Goren, Ph.D.

    Alon Goren, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Medicine
    Research Interests: Epigenomic mechanisms of disease 
  • Drew Hall, Ph.D.

    Drew Hall, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Research Interests: Biosensors and technology development
  • Mariko Horii, M.D.

    Mariko Horii, M.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pathology
    Research Interests: Understanding pregnancy disorders using a combination of iPSC-based models, clinical data analysis, and RNA profiling
  • Marni Jacobs, Ph.D.

    Marni Jacobs, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    Research Interests: Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Kathryn Johnson, M.D., M.S.

    Kathryn Johnson, M.D., M.S.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Newborn medicine and pediatric quality of care
  • Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D.

    Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D.

    Distinguished Professor and Chief of Epidemiology
    Director, Women's Health Center of Excellence
    Family Medicine and Public Health
    Research Interests:  Epidemiology of women¹s health across the life course
  • Daphne Yvette Lacoursiere, M.D., M.P.H.

    Daphne Yvette Lacoursiere, M.D., M.P.H.

    Professor
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
    Research interest: Impact of obesity in pregnancy, bladder health in women  
  • Leah Lamale-Smith, M.D.

    Leah Lamale-Smith, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
    Research Interests: Biomarkers in Preeclampsia and Fetal Imaging
  • Michelle Leff, M.D., I.B.C.L.C., F.A.A.P.

    Michelle Leff, M.D., I.B.C.L.C., F.A.A.P.

    Professor
    Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
    Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Breastmilk and Breastfeeding, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Late Preterm Infants

  • Sandra Leibel, M.D., M.Sc.

    Sandra Leibel, M.D., M.Sc.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Impact of preterm microbiome on development of allergies and asthma, stem-cell based modeling of lung and brain development, surfactant biology
  • Amanda Lewis, Ph.D.

    Amanda Lewis, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    Research Interests: Mucosal glycobiology and the female urogenital microbiome
  • Yu-Hwa Lo, Ph.D.

    Yu-Hwa Lo, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Research interests: Biomedical devices and systems, microfluidics, biophotonics.
  • Denise Malicki, M.D., Ph.D.

    Denise Malicki, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    Division of Pediatric Pathology
    Department of Pathology
    Chief of Pathology, Rady Children's Hospital
    Research Interests: Congenital neuromuscular disorders
  • Krishelle Marc-Aurele, M.D.

    Krishelle Marc-Aurele, M.D.

    Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
    Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Divisions of Neonatology and Palliative Medicine
    Research Interests: Perinatal palliative care and bereavement
  • Gerald Morris, M.D., Ph.D.

    Gerald Morris, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Pathology
    Research Interests: T cell development and function in transplantation and immunologic tolerance.
  • Priyadarshini (Priya) Pantham, Ph.D.

    Priyadarshini (Priya) Pantham, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
    Research interests: Applying systems biology approaches to understand placental function in pregnancy disorders such as preeclampsia
  • Susan B. Powell, Ph.D.

    Susan B. Powell, Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    Research Interests:  Rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders
    https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/psychiatry/research/CTRIN/Pages/default.aspx
  • Rebecca Rakow-Penner, M.D., Ph.D.

    Rebecca Rakow-Penner, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiology
    Research Interests: Advanced MRI techniques for breast, female pelvis, and fetal imaging
  • Gladys (Sandy) Ramos, M.D.

    Gladys (Sandy) Ramos, M.D.

    Professor
    Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    Research Interests: Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Kyung (Kay) Rhee, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.

    Kyung (Kay) Rhee, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.

    Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    Medical Director, Medical Behavioral Unit, Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego
    Director of Research, Division of Hospital Medicine
    Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests:  Novel treatments for pediatric obesity, parenting styles and feeding behaviors, child eating behaviors and cognitive development
    https://chear.ucsd.edu/
  • Eniko Sajti, M.D., Ph.D.

    Eniko Sajti, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests:  lung immunity, innate immune system development, lung development, hyperoxia-induced injury, epigenomic mechanisms of disease
  • Jianhua Shao, M.D., Ph.D.

    Jianhua Shao, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Gestational diabetes and fetal programming
  • Francesca Soncin, Ph.D.

    Francesca Soncin, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pathology
    Research Interests: Trophoblast lineage specification and establishment of the maternal-fetal interface.
  • Maryam Tarsa, M.D.

    Maryam Tarsa, M.D.

    Professor
    Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
    Research Interests: Quality improvement and maternal cardiovascular disorders
  • Varykina (Kina) Thackray, Ph.D.

    Varykina (Kina) Thackray, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
    Research Interests: Host/microbe interactions related to sex differences, steroid hormone excess/insufficiency and metabolic dysregulation
    http://repro.ucsd.edu/Thackray/default.aspx
  • Douglas A. Woelkers, M.D.

    Douglas A. Woelkers, M.D.

    Professor
    Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
    Research Interests:  Management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, Investigation of placental growth factors for prediction and diagnosis of preeclampsia
  • Jared W. Young, Ph.D.

    Jared W. Young, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    Research Interests:  Cognitive/behavioral impact of environments linked to psychiatric risk factors